Alberto Guardiani Wallpaper* Limited Edition

Not only was the Milan Furniture Fair swamped with new product designs from furniture manufacturers, but with Milan being a centre of fashion we saw fashion designers collaborating with furniture designers to create edition collections.

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Leading Italian shoe manufacturer Alberto Guardiani has created a new luggage range, designed by André Klauser and commissioned by international design magazine Wallpaper*, during Salone del Mobile. Designed around a travel theme and produced in an elegant but hard-wearing canvas, Klauser’s capsule luggage range includes a large overnight holdall incorporating a shoe compartment and featuring an opening designed to mimic the shape of an unworn loafer, a travel document sleeve and a tablet sleeve.

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To design the new travel range, Wallpaper* chose Hanover-born, Royal College of Art-educated designer André Klauser, who once worked under Jasper Morrison. Now established in his own studio in East London, Klauser had already impressed Wallpaper* editors with his eco-friendly ‘Mechano’ chair and ingenious ‘Trivet Stick’ for keeping scalding hot pans off a work surface.

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“The central piece of the collection is the travel bag. It is dimensioned to fit the essentials for a short trip and small enough to take on board a plane as hand luggage. The basic shape of the bag is inspired by the uncomplicated tote bags that have become so familiar in recent years. The design references formal details and materials of the Alberto Guardiani Wallpaper* Limited Edition shoes, such as the reinforced bottom panel made from shoe sole leather. A simple document sleeve, a tablet and a laptop cover, all referencing postal envelopes, add to the collection.”

Andre Klauser

Daniel

Having worked in design for the past decade, Daniel started ateliertally.com as a discussion of timeless, modernist product design. Trained as a graphic designer, he also has an avid interest in typography. You can follow him on Twitter @ateliertally.

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